The England Under 21s squad to face Italy and Denmark has been named.

Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman one of the 23 players named.

Despite being restricted to reserve game action after a loan move was blocked in the summer, the young keeper continues to get the England Under 21s call.

They finished top of the group when qualifying for the next Under 21s European Championships and Freddie Woodman is joined by a lot of other players who look to have big futures in the game.

FA Announcement:

England U21s head to Italy and Denmark with a 23 man squad as Euro preparations begin.

Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd has named a 23-man squad for the double-header, which starts in Ferrara against the Azzurrini on Thursday 15 November.

England Under 21s boss Aidy Boothroyd:

“They’re two very good games for us this month, after we secured our qualification in October.

“One of them is in Italy, where the Championship is taking place next summer and it will be a real test for us, but that’s what we want.

“We can work on things that we might not necessarily have done in the qualifying games, which will help us towards competing against the best teams in Europe next summer.

“Denmark are a good side and they switch up things tactically and have a certain style in the way they play the game and they regularly qualify for the big tournaments so that’ll be a tough one.

“We’re looking forward to both matches, after coming out of a tough group ourselves.”

After finishing top of their qualifying group, England are among the ten nations now secured for the Finals next June with another two teams set to join them following the play-offs this month.

“We’ve now got two games where we can give everyone a look at what it is we’re trying to do for the summer.”

The squad

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Southampton), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, loan from Manchester United), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Jay Dasilva (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County, loan from Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders: Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Leicester), Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa, loan from Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim, loan from Arsenal), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)